Running for the Hanover Co-op Board of Directors Info

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Board of Directors. Want to join us?

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Our Co-op is much more than a group of grocery stores. Over 20,000 members and close to 400 employees are building a welcome diverse community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative commerce.

The Board plays a vital role in ensuring the continued success and health of this organization. We represent the member-owners and help guide the future and the vision of the Co-op. The Co-op’s vision is:

“A well-nourished community cultivated through cooperation.”

The Board monitors operations via Policy Governance®, a system of oversight and accountability that emphasizes values, vision, and the empowerment of both Board and employees, while delineating the roles and responsibilities of each. The Board doesn’t run the stores, nor do we have direct control over the daily operation of them; that is the role of Management.

A strong and successful cooperative depends on a well-functioning and effective board. To help you get started, collect as many "Co-op symbols" from the list below as possible. This will be included in the voting information for members.

In cooperation,
The Election Committee
Emmanuel Ajavon (Chair), Peggy O'Neil (Board Member), Elizabeth Blum (Co-op Member), April Harkness (Employee)


Board Expectations | Declaration of Candidacy | Cooperative Principles | Important Dates

Board Expectations

Twelve elected Co-op members serve on the Board of Directors. This year, there will be five open seats. Elections are held in April, 2021.

Responsibilities of the Board

  • Act in the best interest of the Co-op membership
  • Set strategic long-range direction
  • Hire and supervise the General Manager
  • Fiduciary duty to Co-op and members

Responsibilities of a Director

Directors are fiduciaries of the cooperative and shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with cooperative values and principles. Here's how:

  • Serve on at least one Board subcommittee.
  • Be familiar with the Co-op’s bylaws and governing policies.
  • Prepare for and participate in, monthly Board meetings.
  • Attend Board training sessions, the annual retreat, and the annual member meeting.
  • Learn to understand financial statements (training provided).

Requirements of Board Members

  • Be a Co-op member in good standing, owning at least ten shares and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Express any conflict of interest and excuse yourself from voting on related matter.
  • Act in the interests of the whole membership, not a specific constituency.
  • When necessary, keep information and materials confidential.
  • Provide the State of Vermont and the State of New Hampshire Departments of Liquor Control with personal information needed to conduct criminal background checks required for Board members of organizations with liquor licenses.
  • Commit to 15-20 hours of board work per month.
  • Sign a Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Statement.

Board Compensation

Board members and their households qualify for a 20% discount on Co-op purchases in accordance with employee discount policy found in the Employee Handbook.

The following links may be helpful to orient you to the Co-op:

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Cooperative Principles

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Member Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community

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Declaration of Candidacy

All candidates will have the opportunity to submit candidate statements to be included in election materials and online. Candidates will also be asked to make an appointment for a photo to be taken by Co-op staff. The Election Committee will present candidate opportunities to interact with membership.

The application must be received by close of business on February 1, 2021.

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Important Dates in 2020 and 2021

December 16: Board of Directors Meeting
January 27: Board of Directors Meeting (All candidates encouraged to attend)
February 1: Deadline for Declaration of Candidacy
February 7: List of candidates announced
February 8: Candidate statements and photos for publication due
February 24: Board of Directors Meeting (Candidates presented to Board and membership)
March 5: Election Mailing sent to all voting members
April 1: Voting begins
April 3: Annual Member Meeting
April 30: Voting closes at close of business

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More Info

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Meet Current Board Members
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Hanover Store
45 South Park St.
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-2667
8 am-8 pm

Lebanon Store
12 Centerra Pkwy
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 643-4889
8 am-9 pm

WRJ Store
209 Maple St.
WRJ, VT 05001
(802) 295-3400
8 am-8 pm

Co-op Market
43 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-2725
M-F: 6 am-8 pm
Sat-Sun: 7am-6pm

Service Center

51 South Park St.
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-6650

Service Center

63 US 5 South
Norwich, VT 05055
(802) 526-9103
M-F: 7:30 am-4:30 pm

Co-op Kitchen
193 A St.
Wilder, VT 05088
(603) 442-4406
M-F: 6 am-2 pm